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This topic covers musicians, musical conductors, composers, music publishing and musical affinity clubs. It also includes manuscript collections of musicologists and music researchers.
Found in 105 Collections and/or Records:
Abstract Music manuscripts of Adolf Weidig, German-American composer, conductor, violinist and educator. Weidig was born in Hamburg, Germany, and emigrated to Chicago, where he taught at and then directed the American Conservatory. He composed in a variety of forms, including orchestral works and string quartets. Some music not apparently composed by Weidig is also present in the collection.
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Allied Arts
Abstract Clippings, artist correspondence, box office records, concert programs, and photographs of the Allied Arts Corporation. Allied Arts Corporation management was taken over by Harry and Sarah Zelzer in 1948 and became the premier agency for bringing performing artists to Chicago. Important artists and groups include the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, pianists Vladimir Horowitz and Glenn Gould, and singers Tito Schipa and Judy Garland. Collection also includes original photographs taken in venues in...
Identifier: Midwest-MS-American Opera
Abstract Formed in 1921 by Chicago social leader Edith Rockefeller McCormick and composer Elinor Everest Freer to promote music, the American Opera Society of Chicago commissioned the translation of 23 operas in English. In its later incarnation it became a support group providing scholarships to rising opera stars. The collection includes several boxes and six albums of clippings, performance announcements, photos, member lists, meeting minutes and programs.
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Arts Club
Abstract Corporate records of the Arts Club of Chicago, an institution incorporated in 1916 and devoted to exhibiting and showcasing innovative artists and performers. Records include extensive exhibition files, files on the Club's music, lecture, film, and drama series, and administrative and financial files.
Abstract A USO scrapbook, with narrative and photographs, by entertainer and orchestra leader Benny Meroff, detailing his travels with the USO to Italy, Morocco, India, and elsewhere. Also includes some loose snapshots and photographs, copyright and royalty information about Meroff's songs, and a promotional flyer for an act performed by Meroff and his wife Kathleen (Kitty) McLaughlin.
Abstract Manuscript and printed music, correspondence, writings, clippings, photographs, and memorabilia of this Chicago music theorist, teacher, and critic. The German-born Ziehn taught such notables as Grace Chadbourne and John Alden Carpenter and also wrote textbooks on harmony and composition; he was known for his original and unorthodox musical views. Music includes Ziehn's own works in addition to works of other composers, often with Ziehn's manuscript notes. Correspondence includes letters...
Dates: approximately 1880-1950
Abstract Business papers of Chicago concert manager Bertha Ott, including box office statements, photographs, correspondence, and programs. Ott was secretary to the impresario F. Wight Neumann for 20 years. After his death in 1924, she continued his work by forming her own company and managing concerts at the Auditorium Theatre, Studebaker Theatre, Civic Opera House, and a variety of other venues.
Dates: 1890s-1961; Majority of material found within 1909 - 1961
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Brown Family
Abstract Correspondence, writings, newspaper clippings, numerous group and portrait photographs, a scrapbook, travel and souvenir items and snapshots, relating to sisters Grace and Genevieve Brown, musicians who were members of three American all-girl bands between 1923 and 1932. A large part of the collection consists of photographs of the bands and the performers: Harry Waiman and the Debutantes, the Parisian Red Heads and the Ingenues, as well as numerous small travel photographs Also a small...
Dates: 1918-1972; Majority of material found within 1923 - 1932
Abstract Organist, composer, and teacher of composition at the Cincinnati Conservatory. Grimm wrote symphonies, songs, organ pieces, and many other works. The collection consists mainly of typewritten and manuscript treatises on topics in musical composition.
Abstract Articles, programs, and miscellaneous material, including two photographic portraits, of musical composer and conductor Carmen Nappo. A student of the Chicago Conservatory, he completed his career in Miami, conducting the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of Greater Miami, among other orchestras.
Abstract Music teacher, choral director and composer. Scrapbook containing correspondence, programs, clippings, advertisements relating to Trimmer's education at the Northwestern Normal Academy of Music in Bloomington, Illinois, 1865-1868, his posts as a principal at the Musical Institute at Normal, Illinois, and at various teaching and principal positions, institutes, and concerts in Illinois (including Chicago). Trimmer apparently lived many years in Chicago.
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Chicago-Allied Arts
Abstract Records kept by Thomas Hart Fisher, secretary for the Chicago Allied Arts, Inc., a short-lived organization which produced a series of programs of new music and dance in Chicago from 1924-1927. Includes business correspondence and financial information, with some program planning information.
Abstract Correspondence, clippings and programs of this orchestra, established in 1921, which was composed of men working in Chicago business firms. Later renamed the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
Abstract Bylaws, membership lists, minutes, clippings, scrapbooks, programs, tickets and some financial and fundraising materials of the Chicago Chamber Music Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering chamber music in Chicago. Also includes photocopy of Dan Tucker's original score, "Up in Rootabaga County" commissioned by the society for the 2000 millennium celebration, cassette tape of September 28, 1999 performance of piece at Preston Bradley Hall, and a photocopy of the Carl...
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Chicago Chamber 2
Abstract Chicago organization founded in 1986 by musicians Larry Combs, Joseph Genualdi, Deborah Sobol, and Gail Williams for the purpose of building an internationally recognized institution devoted to the study and performance of chamber music by string and wood instruments. Records include minutes, financial and fundraising papers, season records, photographs, press clippings, awards, and files relating to the Centennial celebration, general program files, special program files (children's and family...
Abstract Administrative files, promotional materials, photographs, clippings, audio tapes, information on personnel and singers, etc. Founded in 1956 by the Reverend Christopher Moore, and through 1980 an activity of Hyde Park’s First Unitarian Society of Chicago, the CCC grew into an independent music-education program-one of the largest in the country. Moore’s personal papers are also included in the collection.
Abstract Chicago Choral Artists (CCA) began in 1975 as the James Chorale before changing their name in 1997 following the death of their founder, James Rogner, in 1995. They continue to perform in the Chicago area, focusing on creating "a vibrant thread of music which connects the director, the singers and the audience" (quoted from their website, 2021).
Dates: 1982-2018; Majority of material found within 1996 - 2015
Abstract Records of the Chicago Dance Coalition, the Chicago Music Alliance, and the merged Chicago Dance and Music Alliance. Includes administrative, financial, and photographic materials as well as audiovisual and digital data items.
Dates: 1980-2005; Majority of material found within 1983 - 2000
Abstract Scrapbooks containing incorporation documents, programs, photographs, correspondence, by-laws, and other materials of the Chicago Musical Arts Club, founded in 1936 by Mrs. H. S. Bottomleaf and Lola Robuck, who served as the club's first president. Also earlier clippings, programs, and photographs relating to Chicago music and Belle Forbes Cutter.
Dates: 1910-1987; Majority of material found within 1936 - 1987
Abstract Correspondence and contracts mostly relating to singer Amerlita Galli-Curci and Cleofonte Campanini, General Director of the Chicago Opera Association. Also two leases between the Chicago Civic Opera Co. and the Auditorium Theatre.
Abstract Founded in 1974 as the Chicago Opera Studio, the organization's goal was to provide high quality opera productions in English and designed for contemporary tastes using younger Chicago singers and musicians. Records include budgets, proposals, notes, invitations, brochures, programs, and window posters.
Abstract Articles and reviews, correspondence, broadcast scripts, photographs, and clippings of the Chicago Tribune performing arts critic from 1942 to 1965. Cassidy wrote her influential "On the Aisle" column for the Tribune, then wrote freelance criticism and hosted a weekly program of arts criticism for WFMT, helping to shape the course of music, theater, and dance in Chicago.
Dates: 1880s-1996; Majority of material found within 1930 - 1985